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What to Do After a DUI Arrest

Posted by Sean Quinlan | Oct 30, 2023 | 0 Comments

DUI arrests suck. But don't panic. Here's what to do next.

OK, so you've been arrested for DUI. You're probably scared, confused, and a little bit hungover. That's understandable. But don't panic. There are things you can do to protect your rights and get the best possible outcome in your case.

This blog post is going to give you a step-by-step guide on what to do after a DUI arrest. I'm a snarky lawyer, so I'm going to tell you like it is. But I'm also going to give you the facts and advice you need to make the best decisions for your case.

Step 1: Be respectful but don't talk to the police

The first thing you should do after a DUI arrest is to be respectful to the police officers. They're just doing their job. But you don't have to talk to them. In fact, it's probably best if you don't.

Anything you say to the police can and will be used against you in court. So it's best to keep your mouth shut and exercise your right to remain silent.

Step 2: Call a DUI lawyer

The second thing you should do is call a DUI lawyer. A good DUI lawyer can help you understand your rights and options, and they can develop a defense strategy for your case.

Don't wait until your arraignment to hire a lawyer. The sooner you hire a lawyer, the better. A good DUI lawyer can start working on your case right away and help you minimize the damage.

Step 3: Gather evidence

Even if you're guilty, there are things you can do to reduce your sentence or get your charges dismissed. One of the best things you can do is to gather evidence to support your defense.

If you have any witnesses who saw you get arrested or who can testify to your sobriety, get their contact information. If you have any medical records or other evidence that could be helpful to your case, gather that as well.

Step 4: Face the music

If you are convicted of DUI, you will face a number of consequences, including fines, jail time, and a suspended license. The severity of the consequences will depend on the facts of your case and your criminal history.

If you are convicted of DUI, it's important to face the consequences and learn from your mistake. DUI is a serious offense, but it doesn't have to define you. You can move on from a DUI conviction and rebuild your life.


Being arrested for DUI is a scary experience. But it doesn't have to be the end of the world. If you follow the steps in this blog post, you can protect your rights and get the best possible outcome in your case.

Remember, you don't have to talk to the police. You have the right to remain silent. And you have the right to an attorney.

Additional tips

  • Don't try to bribe the police officers. They're not interested.
  • Don't cry or beg the police officers to let you go. It will only make you look guilty.
  • Don't try to run away from the police officers. They will catch you.
  • Don't try to argue with the police officers. They're not going to listen to you.
  • Don't try to pretend you're not drunk. They know you're drunk.

Just be respectful, keep your mouth shut, and call a DUI lawyer.

And remember, this too shall pass.

About the Author

Sean Quinlan

Attorney Quinlan has practiced law in Pennsylvania since 2001. He earned his J.D. at Widener University School of Law in Harrisburg, PA, and earned his B.A. at Bloomsburg University in Bloomsburg, PA. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar. He also belongs to the Pennsylvania State Bar Associati...


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